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Updates on proportionality of costs in court proceedings

By Gwendoline Davies, Claire Acklam Anyone involved in the conduct of litigation will be aware that the ‘overriding objective’, at rule 1.1 (1) of the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR), requires cases to be dealt with “justly and at proportionate cost”. Unfortunately, the question of what is proportionate continues to cause confusion and dispute.  In this latest […]

Women on Boards – As they progress, businesses thrive

By Susana Almeida Lopes They represent 50% of the working population and are as many or more educated and qualified as they are. However, the problem of gender diversity (or lack of it), especially in top positions in organizations, is a persistent societal problem, and there are (many) studies that, if concrete measures are not taken, […]

Franchise resales – should franchisors be involved?

By Emma Lusty It is a common misconception that a franchise network with a high level of resales is a bad sign. In fact, a healthy resale market is a good sign. It means that franchisees are able to build up profitable businesses which can be sold to recover a return on their initial investment and […]

New EU directive – How will it affect family-related leave in Hungary?

By Daniel Gera, Dorottya Gindl Gender equality may be a core EU principle, but it will not become a reality without effective legal action. To meet the EU objective of reaching a 75% employment rate for both men and women by 2020, the European Commission aims to change the existing legal framework. Thus, the European […]

Higher Dutch VAT rate on several LS-products

By Luca van Silfhout, Patrick Vettenburg A number of goods and services, listed in an annex to the Dutch VAT Act, qualify for the reduced VAT rate (instead of the regular VAT rate of currently 21%). Among these goods and services are: qualifying medicines, first-aid type supplies such as bandages and qualifying medical aids such […]

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You know when you’ve been Trumped

13-Dec-07You know when you’ve been TrumpedAs Donald Trump brews up yet another storm across the Atlantic the ongoing saga surrounding his Scottish ambitions has taken an interesting turn. As Donald Trump brews up yet another storm across the Atlantic the ongoing saga surrounding his Scottish ambitions has taken an interesting turn. The Lawyer’s associate editor […]

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Cadwalader raids boutique for NYC IP team

Cadwalader Wickersham & Taft has boosted its New York IP team with the hire of two partners from IP firm Morgan & Finnegan. IP litigators Bartholomew Verdirame and Tony Pezzano have become the fourth and fifth partners to leave Morgan & Finnegan for Cadwalader in the last few months. Cadwalader launched its IP group in […]

ANATOMY OF A CASE: Ferrari v McLaren

Formula 1 was rocked by allegations of design theft this summer. Vanessa Whitman looks at how civil law was used to quickly protect the claimant’s interests It was the most exciting scandal in the world of sport this year, but behind the battle that was played out in the press were the legal processes that […]

Domino’s Pizza: crusty lawyer wanted

Domino’s Pizza is recruiting its first UK-based general counsel after employing the services of a legal consultancy to do the job part time for the last five years. A spokesperson from the fast food operator said: “With targets of opening 50 outlets per year, the size of the business is growing exponentially and we’d reached […]

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